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>> hundreds ofrussian held terrs ukraine ends its symbolic defense of mariupol's steelworks. but their fate is uncertain, with pressure moving to exclude the regiment from any prisoner exchanges -- russia moving to exclude the regiment from any imprisonment exchanges. i'm loren taylor. this is al jazeera. also coming up -- >> hate will not prevail. what supremacy will not have the last word. >> u.s. president joe biden
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visits the scene of the supermarket shooting in buffalo, where 10 people were killed, most of them black. and allies lose the majority in lebanon's parliament, with no clear winner in sunday's election, the country faces more political paralysis. ♪ hello. after weeks of fending off heavy russian fighting, the fate of ukrainian forces that made a symbolic last stand in mariupol's steelworks is unclear. muska says more than 250 ukrainian soldiers have surrendered and where will be treated with serious injuries -- and more will be treated with serious injuries. ukraine will do the impossible still trapped in the steelworks. soldiers, border guards, and volunteers of the azov regiment,
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a militia integrated into ukraine's national guard. ukraine's defense ministry praised them for changing the course of the war after holding russian troops at bay during more than 80 days of brutal bombardment. they want them back on ukrainian held territory, and suggested a prisoner swap. but russia's prosecutor general asked the supreme court to declare the regiment a terrorist organization. and it's parliament is now considering banning the exchange of captured azov members for russian prisoners of war. we begin our coverage. reporter: after 82 days under ground, these ukrainian soldiers are finally leaving the steel plant. russian buses display the letter z, symbolic of the invasion. they are tempted to defend the steel plant in mariupol. preventing russian soldiers from taking over the port city. but outnumbered and overpowered,
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ukraine says its mission to defend the plant is over. >> the defenders of mariupol fulfilled all the tasks set by commanders. unfortunately, we don't have the opportunity to unblock, by military means. reporter: the fight for the steelworks and the plight of civilians capture the world's attention. women, children and elderly have already been evacuated. president zelenskyy says the priority now is to move out the rest of the fighters still in the plant. >> thanks to the actions of the ukrainian military, the international community, the red cross, the un, we hope we will be able to save the lives of our guys. there are severely wounded soldiers among them. they need care. i want to stress that ukraine needs ukrainian heroes alive. reporter: though seriously wanted have been taken to a medical facility.
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they could become part of a prisoner swap. >> over the past 24 hours, 265 militants laid down their arms and surrendered including 51 seriously wounded. all those in need of medical care were sent for treatment to a hospital. reporter: ukrainian fighters say they held back for weeks, to buy for the rest of ukraine to battle russian forces, and secure western arms needed to withstand russia's assault. but the evacuation marks the end of what could be one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the ukrainian war. mariupol is now in ruins and tens of thousands of people have died. with ukraine accepting the battle at the plant is over, the russians can now annexed crimea as well as a significant victory for the strategically important port city. but with the fighting in the east continuing and daily missile and airstrikes, the war is far from over.
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>> back in russia, there are cars sold -- calls for the soldiers to be questioned. one russian politician wants the death penalty to be considered for the azov fighters. we have more from muska. reporter: russia's prosecutor asked the courts to declare ukraine's azov battalion as a terrorist organization. we have also been hearing a debate on going in russia's lower house of parliament, the state duma, the speaker has said the members of the battalion, who are now in russian defense ministry custody, are so-called nazi criminals and they should not be exchanged. they should not be taking part in the prisoner exchange coming in the weeks ahead. that they are not to be given up that easily and they should be put before a court. we have also been hearing from
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the chairman of the international affairs committee, is also part of moscow's negotiating team with ukraine. he have much more severe views about what should happen to the members of the battalion that are now in russian custody. this is what he had to say. >> they do not deserve to live, after those monstrous crimes against humanity that they committed, and which are being committed continuously against are prisoners of war. they returned to us with their fingers cut off and so on. we should think carefully and maybe go along with this proposal, since these animals in human form should get what they deserve. >> ukraine's port city of odessa has historical links to russia. many people there still identify as russian. ukrainian officials say local collaborators are helping the kremlin's were effort by supplying sensitive information.
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reporter: with the city still asleep, this ukrainian swat team sets off on its daily mission, going after people suspected of having something to do with russia. the nightly curfew is about to be lifted. they are assured the person of interest is still at home. >> we have people in odessa who support russia. we from weapons and ammunition they were planning to use once the russian army arrived in the city. to use against our local officials. they have connections to the russian military. reporter: ukraine has been under martial law since the beginning of the war. the government believes that informants are helping the russian army underground. so this has become their main
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task. going from home to home in the hunt for possible collaborators. this man turned out to be innocent. but on a second raid, this man opens a door wearing a t-shirt from his days in the soviet army. >> do you have any russian emblems or symbols? reporter: he denies. but in the next room, they found the russian colors. his computer reveals he is following russian news outlets. banned in ukraine since the start of the war. when pressed about the conflict. >> we were shooting in donbass for eight years and now they are bombing us in return, who was right, who was wrong? i don't know. ask the politicians. reporter: but his messages on his phone aroused the most suspicion. glorifying the russian
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military's past and present and talking about the ukrainian army in a derogative way. technology is having a big role in this war. there are several apps and chat rooms where citizens can submit photos, videos, and information about people or vehicles they deem suspicious. cyber investigators sift through hundreds of tips every day. once verified, they pass on information to the swat team. ukraine claims that more than 700 collaborators have been detained. and dozens of acts of sabotage have been disruptive so far. but it is a fine line. especially in places like odessa pear wood share historical roots with russian. it is a difficult situation. as svetlana tells us, as her husband is being taken away. >> we do not agree with the work, but we lived in the soviet union, i'm half russian, how can
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i throw the russian flag away? yes, i don't agree, i don't understand what's going on, but this is my blood. should i have a lobotomy to erase it? it is more difficult for him because all his friends are there. reporter: there are still people in ukraine who are torn between the two identities, condemning russia's attack on the country, but not able to disavow their past. most of the people questioned on that day were let go. to the police, the task of figuring out who poses a real threat is a challenge. al jazeera, odessa. >> finland's president says he's optimistic about resolving issues with turkey. in a bid for sweden and finland to join nato. they met in stockholm on tuesday. both countries are pushing ahead with the replications, even though turkey insist it will not allow them into the alliance, because of their alleged support for kurdish -- for kurdish pkk
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fighters. the have formed formal letters to be handed over in brussels on wednesday. >> in sweden and finland, we have agreed to go hand-in-hand this entire process. tomorrow we will file the application to nato together. it is a message of strength. a clear signal we stand united, going into the future ahead. ♪ >> u.s. president joe biden says the ideology behind saturday's mass shooting in buffalo, new york is a threat to u.s. democracy. he's visited the scene of the attack, which left 10 people dead, most of them black. meeting relatives of those killed. a document promoting white supremacist views was reportedly posted by the gunman, emerging online after the attack. president biden is expected to call on congress to take action on gun ownership. >> the american experiment and
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democracy is in a danger like it has not been in my lifetime. is it -- it is in a danger this hour. hate being given too much oxygen. we have to refuse to live in a country where black people going about a weekly grocery shopping can be gunned down by weapons of war, deployed in a recess because. -- racist because. we have to refuse to live in a country where fears and lies are packaged for powers and for profit. we must all enlist ii this great cause -- in this great cause of america. none of us can stand on the sidelines. >> the french president has pushed for a rapid investigation
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into the killing of the veteran al jazeera journalist during a phone call with israel's prime minister. congressmen are also pushing for an fbi investigation into her death. she was a u.s. citizen. she was shot dead by israeli forces, while on assignment in the occupied west bank on wednesday. congressmen are collecting signatures to ask the bureau to investigate whether the killing of the american journalist in israeli territory violated any was laws -- any u.s. laws. one congresswoman has condemned the killing, saying the u.s. must be more firm with israel to push it to uphold human rights. >> overwhelmingly, you hear people saying that we must use leverage of the money and the funding from the united states to promote human rights, to push back against apartheid governments, the racism, the killings, the war crimes, that
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us, the united states need to continue to speak up, because our silence from the president to a number of his officials, using words that i feel like too careful, or not strong enough to make sure that the israeli government knows we are extremely serious about upholding human rights. we some hypocritical when we say we oppose war crimes but when it comes to the apartheid government of israel, we are silent. >> still to come -- people are urged to stay indoors, as india and pakistan are left ruling by a series of heat waves -- reeling by a series of heat waves. reporter: the red carpet is being rolled out for hollywood blockbusters and house films and delegations from ukraine. the film industry gathers after a bruising two years. ♪
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♪ meteorologist: it's been cold and windy in tasmania. similarly in some parts of victoria. the cult and the winds are easing a little bit but there are still plenty of showers and rains still to come through. the clouds you might see coming through in western australia might bring a little bit of rain behind it. 21. pretty steady. for new zealand, a feed from the warming waters. there is warning offer significant rain. i think christchurch will probably still stay dry. a good part of indonesia is fairly dry now. it doesn't look at in the satellite picture, but the forecast concentration of showers is by the philippines, wes papineau, parts of
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borneo. even malaysia looks that way because of the concentration of the rain heading toward myanmar. rain here, rain also for kerala. some persistent rain. the heaviest recently has been up in the northeast of india. one of the wettest places in the world. the warnings persist. ♪ >> african stories of resilience and courage. >> [speaking native language] >> tradition and dedication. >> [speaking native language] >> short documentaries by african filmmakers.
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"africa direct," on al jazeera. ♪ ♪ >> a reminder of the top stories -- ukraine has ended its defense of the steelworks in mariupol. more than 260 soldiers have been evacuated to russian held territory. the defense ministry has praised them for changing the course of the war, by holding russian troops at bay. ukraine is seeking to have a prisoner swap. but in moscow there are calls for a member of the regiment to be questioned. one russian politician says the death penalty should be considered for them. and u.s. president joe biden says the ideology behind saturday's mass shooting in
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buffalo, new york is a threat to u.s. democracy. he visited the scene of the attack and met family members of the 10 members who killed, most of whom were black. in libya, they will move the government on wednesday. they announced the move after a failed attempt to take over the capital on tuesday morning. the you unrecognized the administration refused to seek power and forced amount, triggering fighting between opposing militias. libya has had to governments since march, when the parliament appointed him as prime minister, despite the incumbent saying the move was legitimate, and refusing to step aside -- not legitimate and refusing to step aside. official results confirm iran back to hezbollah and their allies must the majority in the parliamentary elections while
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reformists candidates made gains. the saudi party won more seats, making it the biggest question block. the crisis in the country now faces more political deadlock. we have reports from beirut. reporter: many of the old faces are back. but a meaningful number of new ones made it into lebanon's parliament. which now has a new balance of power. the iranian backed hezbollah party and its allies lost a majority. but no other political grouping or party can lane victory. the opposition may be sizable. but not united. what is a first however in post-civil war politics are the so-called reformists. who at least 10% of the seats. 's are candidates not affiliated to any of the mainly sectarian parties. >> we have to be as [indiscernible] maker because we have not -- we don't have to be in the
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polarization. we have to create a bridge. reporter: those new voices will stand in the middle of longtime enemies. tensions have already spilled onto the streets. supporters of rival parties fought on election day. local observers also documented attacks on their teams, by supporters mostly from shia groups, hezbollah, and others. >> we witnessed so many pressures. especially in the electoral campaign by delegates and even supporters. reporter: the shia groups may have preserved the 27 seats, but observers say they can no longer claim sole representation. >> they do everything they can to intimidate voters, candidates, and their representatives and constituencies. at the same time, there is also an alternative shia vote. which once outside the box,
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to their opponents. that happened for the first time. reporter: through the ballot box, there is no doubt change has begun, but the old divide, hezbollah and its allies on one hand, and the christian lebanese forces on the other, has not gone away. lebanon's leaders will need to work together to agree on a new government and elect a president in a few months. political deadlock is not unusual in this fractured country. but there is an urgent need to adopt reforms and laws to rescue a collapsed economy. and a polarized parliament will not make that easy. >> to divide dates back to the civil war which ended in 1990 after which power was divided between sects. but parliamentary democracy is in reality a consensual democracy. unanimity is needed for the system to work. and peace to be maintained. al jazeera, beirut. >> extreme weather is affecting millions of people across south asia and the middle east. warnings have been issued in
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india, where temperatures reached 49 degrees celsius. they say more than a billion people in india and neighboring pakistan are at risk. it is the fifth heatwave to hit the region since march. we have reports from new delhi. reporter: they-based outdoors, as he prepares for a long day at the construction site where he lives with his family in a makeshift shack. like hundreds of millions of indians, he is forced to risk their health and work in the record-breaking heat. >> earlier, we did masonry. now we can do only 70 feet, not 100 feet. they get angry with us because of this. i feel weak and need to rest for a day or two. it is too hard. but if we don't work, what will we eat? reporter: march was the hottest
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in a century in the region. april broke several records. average temperatures are six to nine degrees celsius above normal. some areas and new delhi recently surpassed 49 degrees. southeast pakistan reached an all-time high of 51 degrees. dozens of people have died of heat related illnesses in pakistan. while millions are struggling without basic amenities such as access to clean water and electricity. >> have not seen such a heatwave before. we are worried because our livestock are sick due to the excessive heat. the vegetation has dried up. the water table is going down. we have to use wet clothes to cover ourselves to beat the heat. reporter: the extreme heat is damaging props and threatening to further increase food prices. making the poor even more vulnerable. >> much of the population is hit in such a big way. in these countries.
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it is a big point of vulnerability. reporter: scorching temperatures have spurred demand for electricity, causing a shortage. the indian government says it will import coal to prevent power cuts. it is not just a blistering heat. experts say global warming is changing weather patterns in the region. while rainfall in northern india has been much lower than normal, the northeast is reeling from heavy rains. at least 10 people have been killed. and landslides have cut off basic services for thousands of people. al jazeera, new delhi. >> sandstorms across the middle east have delayed flights, closed stores, -- schools, and put thousands in hospitals. kuwait's port authority has no opened -- now open to maritime
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operations that were closed due to the bad weather. the middle east has always been battered by dust and sandstorms. but experts say they are worsened because of climate change. iraq was just hit by its eighth sandstorms since mid april. sri lanka's ruling party has blocked a no-confidence motion against the president and parliament. it was triggered by growing anger and protests over the economic crisis. ♪ people gathered near the president's office, demanding him to step down. the country has run out of some essential medicines. many are struggling to buy enough food. the government does not have enough foreign currency for crucial imports, including petrol, diesel, and gas. fuel stations have run dry. people anyway hope the pumps will be turned on. >> there are people lined on for
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kilometers and kilometers, unable to get the fuel. how can you do your daily day-to-day activities? >> we are here from the morning, 4:30. we are expecting it to come. but we have not received it. we are getting the news it won't be arriving today. and for another three days, it won't be available. >> the film festival is a showcase for the greatest cinema at the moment. this year's gathering on the french riviera opens after a tough two years for cinema during the covid pandemic. and in the shadow of the ukraine war. reporter: lights, cameras, action. can a two week celebration -- a two week celebration of cinema. 35,000 film buyers and critics and celebrities are gathering to do business and promote all genres of films. the festival is opening at final cut.
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the film's cast and crew walked the red carpet to cheers from fans. but it is actually a friend that's going to be pulling focus this year. every door has been opened for the delegations with lots of discussion, about how they can help ukraine's film industry rebuild itself postwar. russian delegations have been banned from attending. first appear on the screen was president zelenskyy himself. >> hate will end by disappearing. dictators will die. finally, we must win. we need cinema to guarantee this ending. each time, it will be on the side of freedom. as it has always been, it will be above all the path of cinema. reporter: a jury will consider the competing films and pick a winner for the prize. a prize that can propel a
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relatively obscure production into the mainstream. with only five films directed by women, i put forward the perennial question of diversity. as an actor and director, do you think the festival is doing enough to address racial diversity and gender equality with the lineup? >> the way we are addressing this is a way that we are dealing with these things. it needs to be addressed at a grassroots level as well. it's not just the festivals, it is the public facing situations. it is also about crews, all the my notion of what goes into the industry at large. a lot about of that has to do with education, outreach. to get people who don't have access to those doors, in. reporter: cannes has been called a cathedral dedicated to world cinema. this year, films from japan, south korea, and iran are anticipated by critics. no films from sub-saharan africa
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have been selected in any category, but that has not dampened spirits. the founder of the africa pavilion says filmmakers have a unique set of skills. >> i think they are very good at doing a lot with a little. it makes their creativity the best.
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(sophie fouron) there's something about the rice fields that is calming. the rice farming culture actually represents the balinese society. it's probably one of the most organized and structured societies in the world. the organization of the home, the village, the community; they're very welcoming. they smile all the time. and even if they welcome millions of tourists every year, they've maintained their strong cultural and spiritual identities throughout the years. they keep doing offerings all day and you see


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